Idol, valuables stolen from Jain temple

Indore : Unidentified men entered a Jain temple located in a residential area near Gomatgiri and stole the idol along with other items valuing over Rs 5 lakh. The CCTV cameras captured two men but they had their faces covered making identification difficult. Police have registered a case and are investigating the matter.

According to the police, the theft occurred between 2:44 and 3:08 am at Parshwanath Digamber Jain Temple in Samarth City on Wednesday. The theft was discovered when temple’s priest Sanat Kumar Jain arrived at the temple at 5am.

Jain found that thieves had jimmied three locks to enter the temple and stole the cash box and idol along with other valuables. He called the community members and the police and informed them of the theft.

Talking to Free Press, the temple priest said that construction of the temple was completed in February this year. CCTV cameras were installed as a security measure.

The cash box may have contained around Rs 50,000. The idol was made of ‘Ashtadhatu’ (combination of eight metals). The total value of stolen items are estimated to be over Rs 5 lakh.

The community members are angry over the theft and have demanded increased police patrolling in the area. The police, however, have said that they would nab the thieves soon.

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